The Three Musketeers


The Three Musketeers

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Richard Lester's adaptation of The Three Musketeers was only the latest of many when released in 1974, but it arrived with a spirit all its own, one influenced as much by Lester's '60s work as the Alexandre Dumas classic. Even so, it followed the plot of Dumas' novel fairly closely, its liberties in interpretation taken elsewhere. Coming off the success of Cabaret, Michael York plays D'Artagnan, the provincial, would-be swashbuckler who travels to Paris to make his name. There he encounters the eponymous heroes: cynical Athos (Oliver Reed), dashing Aramis (Richard Chamberlain), and arrogant Porthos (Frank Finlay). The trio introduces him to the world of court intrigue as they work to protect the Queen (Geraldine Chaplin) from the schemes of the villainous Richelieu (Charlton Heston) and his followers, Rochefort (Christopher Lee) and Milady (Faye Dunaway). Lester shot the film in conjunction with its sequel, The Four Musketeers. Originally intended as a single film, the split prompted a lawsuit from the cast demanding payment for both films. ~ Keith Phipps, Rovi

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Michael York
as D'Artagnan
Raquel Welch
as Constance
Frank Finlay
as Porthos
Christopher Lee
as Rochefort
Geraldine Chaplin
as Anne of Austria
Simon Ward
as Duke of Buckingham
Charlton Heston
as Cardinal Richelieu
Spike Milligan
as Mons. Bonacieux
Roy Kinnear
as Planchet
Gitti Djamal
as Beatrice
Rodney Bewes
as Richelieu's Spy
Ben Aris
as 1st Musketeer
Joss Ackland
as D'Artagnan's Father
Gretchen Franklin
as D'Artagnan's Mother
William Hobbs
as Swordsman
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Critic Reviews for The Three Musketeers

All Critics (11) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (2)

  • The finest rendering of Dumas' tale to date. A perfect blend of comedy, romance, and no-holds-barred swashbuckling adventure. The cast is phenomenally good.

    Mar 21, 2003 | Rating: 5/5
  • Lester has crafted here the most inventive and wildly enjoyable version of The Three Musketeers ever committed to film.

    Aug 21, 2002 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Three Musketeers

  • Feb 20, 2017
    Imagine a late night, a rainy night why not, watching old swashbuckling films from the Golden Age, particularly some one of many sword fighting scenes. The rapiers are held nimbly, the fight itself a dance. And now imagine a voice out of the dark behind you saying, "It weren't like that. Why, it weren't like that at all" and you'd have the beginning of where this film's direction lies. The typical Hollywood glamorization is tossed in favor of something more naturalistic, making for a rousing time in old medieval France, where intrigue is the law of the land. Good fun.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2013
    In my opinion this (and the other half of the film that was released the following year as 'The Four Musketeers') is the best screen adaptation of the classic Dumas story, partly because of the stellar cast but also because it takes itself seriously for the main plot of the story. That's not to say there isn't humour here. Lester had previously directed The Goons and The Beatles and he brings the former's type of humour into this film too with whispered asides fro supporting characters throughout and slapstick thrown into the mix. The fact that it works so well means that there is something for everyone. The swordfighting isn't flashy but has an edge of realism that is missing from most films and the set design supports this by being dirty and slightly seedy. The performances from the four leads are spot on and you'd have a hard time visualising other actors playing the parts after seeing this. The only weak link is Welch's Constance, who is presented as nothing but a bit of totty and her acting is awkward and stilted. Aside from that the film is a classic and a great swashbuckler.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2011
    Great fun! Remembering Michael York with his impossibly sexy face, Oliver Reed, Charlton Heston, Raquel, Richard Chamberlain, Faye Dunaway with her shaved off eyebrows (what's with that anyway?) and others who looked familiar but I couldn't place...anyway, it was a lot of fun to see it on DVD in my own private bed because there is absolutely nothing to see in the theatres...booooooo! Am I going to have to go out to Hollywood and give them some real story ideas? Where was I? Oh,yeah, it was beautiful to look at, action-packed, everyone getting swords stuck in them but getting up as if nothing had happened...they don't make em like they used to!
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2010
    A delightful romp through the classic story of yesteryear, A superb cast, swashbuckling extravaganzas and wonderfully shot locations.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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